Envelope and letters to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru and Eva Koyama

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Dr. Keizaburo Koyama Family Collection

Envelope addressed to Dr. Keizaburo Koyama at Camp Livingston from his wife, Teru Koyama, and daughter, Eva Koyama. Postmarked Sep 21, 1942. To the left of the postmark is “9/26/42” written in red pencil. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. The left edge of the envelope is torn so that parts of the sender information are missing and the inside of the envelope is visible. Inside the envelope are letters from Eva and Teru, Eva's is not dated, Teru's is dated Sept 21, 1942. Eva starts her letter by apologizing for not writing sooner, describes the camp, writes about meeting Mr. Hito Ohada, and shares the news that Ester Torii went to college. She asks that he not call her fat and to write to her more often. Teru writes about how lonely the family's been without a letter from him. She describes Minidoka weather as quite cold in the mornings and very dusty. She writes about doctor visits at the camp hospital and a visit from Mr. Hito Ohada who gave her fifty dollars. She describes their room. She writes about her feelings on the war, her faith, and the church in Minidoka. She asks about being brought together while he waits for his trial and describes how the family needs him close by.




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Courtesy of the Koyama Family Collection, Japanese American Museum of Oregon